Wednesday, November 9, 2011

To a Friend, Unhappy with Herself

If I were you, I’d think twice about being 
Something other than you are. 

Unhappy with your present lot, 
You might be thinking of being 
A perennial flower or even a queen bee, 
Or something even more farfetched, 
Whatever that may be. 

But let’s get serious— 
We know all that’s impossible. 

So why not be yourself 
And make everything possible. 


  1. Good idea, Vassilis, but not so easy to achieve.

    I often think that when I find myself saying to someone, 'If I were you...' because I am not you.

    What might seem easy for me is impossible for another and vice versa.

  2. Ah, Vassilis, very wise advice.

    As Kurt Cobain once said, "Trying to be someone else is a waste of the person you are"

  3. The recommendation that someone forever give up aspiration to a miraculous personal flowering-into-something-remarkable, and become resigned, instead, to remaining forever a common weed, might perhaps come across as a bit hard, without at least a smidgeon of sugaring of the pill.

    There will be those who, advice to the contrary notwithstanding, will continue to be obdurate in associating the idea of being themselves with the idea of everything being made totally impossible.

    The modest, unhappy, realistic ones.

    (Must admit a certain skepticism on the the theme of "self-help"... conceded the rank, scrawny, unsightly, never-to-be-otherwise weed... perhaps encountered by the road to the contagious attitude hospital.)

  4. Oh, yes--our good friend the second conditional "sentence" doing its best to convince someone other than us to do what is better for them--like breaking out of the ward!

    In all seriousness, we've all used the phrase "If I were you" to give advice, knowing full well we are not them (who are we?); it's something we say without really thinking about how impossibly silly it sounds--something akin to the idea of someone making everything possible.

  5. Now that's something that makes me happy with myself.

  6. Aleksandrina, always nice

    to hear you

    like what

    I write.


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